On 30 January, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the Federal Election would be held on 14 September.
On 2 February, the Minister for Higher Education, Skills, Science & Research, Senator Chris Evans resigned. The new minister is Chris Bowen.
On Wednesday night, Ted Baillieu resigned as the Premier of Victoria, and was replaced by Denis Napthine.
TAFE SA has announced a restructure which involves collapsing the three institutes in SA into one, with the loss of 150 jobs. TAFE SA acting chief executive David Royle, has blamed this on the push for “efficiency” and the need to compete for public funds caused by “Skills for All” reforms.
The crisis in TAFE is spreading.
Chris Bowen has yet to make any clear statement about TAFE.
TAFE is universally regarded as a high quality educational institution, with effective links into industries and communities. It is a cherished institution in Australia. The magnitude of the community response to TAFE cuts across the country are very clear evidence of this. It is essential we continue to highlight the damage being done to TAFE. We must continue to promote TAFE, and its successes. We must continue to urge the Federal Government to intervene in states where misguided policy, cuts and closures in the name of “reform” are destroying a much loved, public asset.
We hope you will help us!
- Click the contribute button at the top of the page and share your TAFE story. We’d love to hear from TAFE teachers and students.
- Whether it’s a union rally, a student event, or just the daily life of your TAFE institute we love to see photos of TAFE teachers and students in action!
- Find us on Facebook & Twitter to stay updated on what’s happening to TAFE around the country. Share our social media updates with colleagues and friends.
- Write a letter to your local newspaper about the attack on TAFE, and why it is too important to lose.
- We welcome feedback! Leave a comment on the blog about what you’d like to see in this space!